What’s the S&P 500 Without Its FAANGs?

Given the sheer size of “mega cap stocks”—being Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOG & GOOGL), Meta Platforms (FB), Tesla (TSLA), NVIDIA (NVDA), and formerly Netflix (NFLX)—most portfolios carry noteworthy exposure to these companies.  And so it’s worth asking: how would the S&P 500, and most of our portfolios, have performed without these … Continued

Monthly Market Wrap: April 2022

Welcome back to the Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts, where we review and break down the most important market trends for advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Market Wrap sent straight to your inbox? … Continued

The Risks & Rewards of Leaning into Mega Caps

There are over 29,000 individual stocks listed in the YCharts stock universe. But what if we told you that a typical investor portfolio has as much as one-eighth of its entire value riding on just eight companies? Given the sheer size of the Mega Cap Stocks—those companies being Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix … Continued

Earnings Season Playbook: Q1 2022 Reports To Watch

Earnings season rolls around four times a year and brings with it a frenzy of information. After a year of strong earnings reports in 2021, the first results of 2022 may be a bellwether for the year to come. This rings especially true given how the major averages have sunk into correction, and even bear … Continued

Monthly Market Wrap: February 2022

Welcome back to the Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts, where we break down the most important market trends for advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Market Wrap sent straight to your inbox? Subscribe below: … Continued

How Long Does it Take Tech Stocks to Recover From a Crash? with Ben Carlson

This post originally appeared on Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense on 2/20/22. Follow Ben on Twitter @awealthofcs for more!  —— From 1990 through the end of 1999, Microsoft’s share price went from around 60 cents to almost $60. That was a gain of nearly 10,000%, good enough to turn $10k into $1 million. Not bad. Then the … Continued

YCharts Wrapped 2021: Our Most Searched For Pages

What a year 2021 was. From Reddit-fueled retail trading frenzies and crypto crazes to record-setting inflation and commodity rebounds (looking at you, oil), it was one of the best-performing years for US stocks on record, but also came with no shortage of headlines. With the constant flurry of news and noise that came investors’ way … Continued

Monthly Market Wrap: December 2021

Welcome back to the Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts, where we break down the most important market trends for advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Market Wrap sent straight to your inbox? Subscribe below: … Continued

The 14 Charts that Defined 2021 with Josh Brown and Friends

YCharts hosted Josh Brown, founder of The Compound YouTube Channel and CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, to discuss The Charts that Defined 2021. Armed with perspectives and charts from top advisors, commentators, and #FinTwit leaders, we broke down 14 major investing themes that shaped 2021 and what they mean for the year to come. And … Continued

Bear Market Mania with Charlie Bilello

FEATURING THE FOUNDER & CEO OF COMPOUND CAPITAL ADVISORS, CHARLIE BILELLO, @charliebilello Is this a bull or a bear market? In looking at any of the major U.S. indices, that might seem like a ridiculous question. The S&P 500 is up over 20% on the year and has hit 66 all-time highs, the second most of … Continued